Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Poor In America??????

The Census Bureau today issues its report on the poor in our country.

For your morning laugh just read the analysis of the report by Neal Boortz:


Today the Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty in America. Let's take a quick glance at the people who are classified as "poor" in this country, thanks to an article by the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector:

* 46 percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

* 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

* Only six percent of poor households are overcrowded; two thirds have more than two rooms per person.

* The typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

* Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

* 97 percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

* 78 percent have a VCR or DVD player.

* 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

* 89 percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

In other words ... it's all a fraud. Aren't you surprised?"

Guess the term "poor" is as hard to define as the word "it!"